Gender Conformity in Action
Sometimes, gender conformity can get people to do strange things. Some students at Mississippi State University conducted a social psychology experiment in the lobby of a building:
Experiment: Conformity to gender roles. We placed common male and female signs on opposite transparent doors instructing people to walk through the correct entrance.
Here is a video of their experiment:
It’s interesting that you can manipulate people into altering their everyday behaviors through gender conformity. Gender and its social dictates serve as a powerful, yet subtle source of influence over human behavior. It guides everything from choices in clothing to how we relate to inanimate objects and animals.
Here’s another experiment: make a list of everyday activities or behaviors that you engage in during the course of a day that are influenced by gender. Now, what’s on your list?
(via: The Situationist)
Edited to add: “make a list of everyday activities or behaviors“